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    Guide How to unbrick a nüvi - step by step guide

    Over the last few months, I have unbricked several nüvi's. The information "how to" is available on this forum, but I found tutorials for the various steps to be scattered over various posts and threads. Therefore I have combined all steps required to unbrick a nüvi in one comprehensive and easy to follow step-by-step tutorial, including screenshots. The tutorial shows the unbricking of a nüvi 1390, but is similarly applicable to other models. Good luck!

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    Should anyone be interested: The procedure has been tried and worked flawlessy on an eTrex 30 as well!

    Thanx guys, this saved me having to wait for Garmin support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokefree View Post
    Over the last few months, I have unbricked several nüvi's. The information "how to" is available on this forum, but I found tutorials for the various steps to be scattered over various posts and threads. Therefore I have combined all steps required to unbrick a nüvi in one comprehensive and easy to follow step-by-step tutorial, including screenshots. The tutorial shows the unbricking of a nüvi 1390, but is similarly applicable to other models. Good luck!

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    this worked perfectly to fix my bricked Garmin Nuvi 1490T. I just needed to find the firmware *.gcd for the nuvi (which is still available out on the net, but hidden on Garmin website), and the various other tools.

    Firmware -- nuvi13xxand14xxseries_GCDFile__620.gcd

    Applications --

    Garmin Web updater
    Garmin Express
    GarminCure3.exe
    RMPrepUSB
    Updater.exe

    It all just worked when I did the exact instruction on the first message of this thread. This needs to be passed along to more folks, as am sure a lot of Garmin GPS are being tossed in the trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offroadnow View Post
    this worked perfectly to fix my bricked Garmin Nuvi 1490T. I just needed to find the firmware *.gcd for the nuvi (which is still available out on the net, but hidden on Garmin website), and the various other tools.

    Firmware -- nuvi13xxand14xxseries_GCDFile__620.gcd
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    G'day offroadnow, welcome to GPSPower. I hate to correct your first post, but V6.20 for both MTK & non-MTK chip models are here: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and also still available direct from Garmin:
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    To find the actual firmware *.gcd file, right-click on the Garmin software update page and select 'View Page Source' or 'View Source' [varies with browser]. See [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [look for 'One way to get the link/location to an updated region files (on units you own) is to:'], or just follow this:

    WU Download

    and you can also get the current .gcd file by taking a copy of your GarminDevice.xml from a backup if your unit's bricked, then similarly changing the version to one below the current and placing the .xml in a Garmin folder on a USB stick before connecting to WU which will download the gupdate.gcd file into a .System folder it creates on your 'fake' 1490.
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    Just found it all interesting that garmin wants $120 to fix something a tech savy user can do with these software instructions above. The used unit is going for $30 to $50 on ebay; so just don't understand why anyone would go to Garmin for a repair.

    Also found a company that will repair the broken USB for $45
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    so that issue can be solved on these units.

    Am using this unit on my motorcycle with a RAM mount. No fears of dropping it, as its not that expensive. RAM mount works well.
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    Re-flowing of the 'cracked' usb solder connections is easily done with a re-flow kit and a little finesse. The reason ppl go to garmin for fixes is because they don't know any better and we can't blame them for that. 45 smackers for a usb fix is fine for anyone who isn't technically competent so thx for posting that, might save a lot of headaches for many US based users.
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    hello to all
    i have a 1310 nuvi stopt in garmin logo.i tried all..tok the batery off..nothing..follow thi first page tutorial but cant conect with usb to the laptop when i hit the updater.exe
    help

 

 
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